Dental Implant Restorations in Millis, MA
For those patients interested in dental implant supported tooth replacement, the Main Street Dental team partners with a specialist to surgically place one or more titanium implant post below the gum line. This process may take several months to complete as the supportive alveolar bone regrows and bonds with the implant posts providing optimum support for the restoration. While this treatment option isn’t ideal for every patient, advances in the materials and techniques make it possible for more patients every year to successfully receive dental implant supported restorations. These tooth replacement options offer numerous benefits as they are the only type of replacement that restores the entire tooth roots and all.
Dental Implant Restoration Options
Dental implants support any number of replacement teeth from a single tooth to a full arch. For those patients missing a single tooth, we craft a custom dental crown fitted over the top of the implant post the same way it would be connected with remaining damaged dental structure offering natural looking and feeling restorations. Patients missing several consecutive missing teeth may need an implant supported dental bridge. Like a regular bridge, these restorations fill in gaps in patients’ smiles, but rather than relying on surrounding healthy tissue to support the bridge, one or more implant posts perform this task. Those patients missing non-consecutive missing teeth should choose an implant-supported partial denture. Like the removable version, these restorations are made up of numerous replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. However, instead of being attached to healthy teeth with clasps, the partials are supported by strategically placed dental implant posts. We choose the minimum number of dental implants to adequately support the restoration with the least surgical and recovery time necessary to protect oral health.
Implant Retained Dentures
Patients who are missing one or both arches of teeth have relied on removable dentures that adhere to the gums through natural structure or using small amounts of dental adhesive. While removable dentures have come a long way over the centuries, they still only restore about 30% of dental function, and are unable to provide the stimulus necessary to retain jawbone density and the weight of the denture often compresses gum tissue. Implant supported dentures look and feel more like natural teeth, and restore up to 70% of chewing function allowing patients to eat more diverse diets. Because the dental implant posts mimic natural root function, the jawbone remains dense and gum tissue retains its volume. In addition to maintaining oral health, this gum and bone tissue also preserves the shape and appearance of patients’ smiles avoiding sagging and wrinkling common with traditional denture wearers. These restorations may last several decades or for a patients’ lifetime when properly cared for at-home and with regular office visits.